Through dint of pressure and possibly the overwhelming desire not to bungle 2014 as badly as 2012, Boehner has decided to pretend amnesty isn’t going to happen this year. He just can’t trust Obama or so the rhetoric goes, though he’s certainly cooperated with him more frequently than his own conservative base in the recent past. However, as big donors like the Chamber of Commerce certainly will refuse to relent on their cheap labor demands in return for cash, it’s a safe bet that yes, he really is pretending.
What he’s actually going to do to pass it remains to be seen, but the fact this episode occurred at all will dampen enthusiasm. Moreover, it should. The Republican Establishment has been far less energetic about hiding their true intentions and contempt for conservatism and this will just drive that fact home once more.